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i'm sydnie kohara. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. good morning. the weather is coming down pretty good. >> jim bernard has a look at when things will really get going around here. >> still wet around the bay this morning. some drizzle at this time with the radar returns out across the east bay and winding down but there is more on the way. we have a pause between the systems. winds develop this morning into this afternoon. a strong weather system coming into the bay area. windy and rainy this evening into earlier this morning when cold air arrives dropping the snow level down to 3,000 feet
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in the local mountains. it will all show up through the afternoon. we'll take a closer look at the rest of the details coming up in your forecast. right now, here's elizabeth with a quick look at traffic. >> no day of wet surfaces another day of wet surfaces. overnight roadwork on the incline from the incline to treasure island at the bay bridge and also on the approaches to the san mateo bridge. another 880 to westbound 92 the ramp roadwork for another half hour or so. traffic light across the bay area. no huge hot spots, no big accidents. if you are planning a trip to the sierra, no chain requirements for right now. here's a live look at
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interstate 80 at a.m. gate, no problems. back to you. >> thank you. 4:32 on your tuesday. a city council vote today could decide whether gitmo detainees will be invited to live in berkeley. the resolution only applies to those who have been cleared of wrongdoing. of the 38 cleared detainees, berkeley would invite two a russian ballet dancer and an algerian chef. the detainees would live with local families in the city and nonprofits would help them find work. environmentalists planning to be outside chevron headquarters in san ramon this morning to declare legal victory in a long legal battle. a judge in ecuador ordered chevron to pay $9.5 billion. the case involves the dumping of toxic wastewater by texaco, which chevron thought about 2001. plaintiffs -- bought in 2001. plaintiffs said it causes cancer, birth defects and countless deaths over the past 45 years. >> now chevron is declared the
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largest corporate criminal on earth. the trial of the century they lost. >> it's unenforceable and we'll appeal it. >> chevron says it's a fraud and won't pay the fine. the president is coming to the bay area this week. barack obama is scheduled to meet thursday evening with tech leaders and then spend the night here. it will be a private meeting to talk about the president's new budget plan, which includes money for research and development, education and clean energy. meanwhile, on capitol hill, several hearings about the new budget plan are scheduled today. michael herzenberg with what's at stake. >> reporter: today the white house gets a chance to defend its new budget plan before lawmakers. budget director jacob lou will testify at a house hearing this morning just a day after president obama unveiled the $3 .7 trillion proposal. >> even as we cut out things we can afford to do without, we have a responsibility to invest in those areas that will have the biggest impact in our
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future. >> reporter: the president's plan calls for investments in areas like education and research but aims to slash $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. spending cuts would affect programs from urban development grants to heating assistance for low-income families. >> this budget does more spending, more taxing, more borrowing. >> reporter: it drew criticism from both parties. >> you don't take a meat axe to this economy and cut things just for the sake of telling the american people you met a certain number. >> reporter: while the battle over next year's budget is just beginning, the fight over the current one is still far from over. today the house begins debate on a controversial bill to cut spending. republicans are fighting to save $61 billion from this year's budget to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year. the gop argues it would scale back spending levels to 2008. but the proposal has some in the obama administration concerned. >> the truth is that cuts of that level will be detrimental
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to america's national security. >> reporter: senate democrats plan to bring up their own proposal to cut spending in the first week of march, just days before a stop-gap measure that has been funding the government runs out. michael herzenberg for cbs news, washington. iranian police are confirming that one person was killed during clashes between security forces and protestors monday and overnight there were more protests in tehran. [ chanting ] >> this is amateur footage posted on youtube. people chanted that money from oil revenue goes to a militia for iran's supreme leader. earlier there were violent demonstrations involving tens of thousands people. marchers clashed with security forces. they rallied in solidarity with the recent revolt in egypt. in addition to one person killed, dozens of others were were injured. it was the biggest protest seen in iran in more than a year
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since. president's disputed re- election. today a judge in italy ordered the country's prime minister to stand trial on charges he paid for sex with an underaged girl. sylvio berlusconi is accused of giving money to a 17-year-old moroccan girl, having sex with her and trying to cover it up. today's indictment means the judge believes there is sufficient evidence for a trial. it's scheduled to start on april the 6th. 4:37. more than a dozen military veterans without a home this morning after a fire on the peninsula. it happened at a board and care facility in east palo alto yesterday. flames blocked the only staircase in the building forcing some of those residents to jump from second story windows. everyone though escaped before firefighters arrived. no one was injured but the building has been destroyed. investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen. while chopper 5 was checking out that fire, a flash of green light beamed from the
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ground. it was a laser. it appears someone between popular and ramlar avenues was shining a laser at the aircraft. police didn't find anything. laser attacks are a hazard across bay area skies. pilots say it puts them and everyone else at risk. >> it's very dangerous. very dangerous because the light is so intense that it could blind us. then i wouldn't be able to fly the aircraft properly or safely. >> the number of laser strikes doubled from 2009 to 2010. and now the bay area is tied for 3rd in the nation with 80 incidents last year. tonight city council in oakland will take up their latest proposal to license industrial-sized pot farms. new amendments being voted on tonight would allow five new dispensaries that would have their own farms off site. unlike previous versions of the law, the size of the farms would be capped at 50,000 square feet. dublin is looking to crack
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down in smoking in apartment buildings. the current law requires that apartment complexes with 16 or more units be 50% nonsmoking. tonight the city council will consider a plan to raise that number and ban smoking in 70% of the apartment complexes by 2013. san jose is closer to getting a bart line with federal funds apparently on the way. that's part of the president's new budget plan. the federal trains administration recommends money to run bart from fremont to the berryessa area of san jose. the plan is for 130 million federal dollars this year that would help pay for the new bart tracks and to start building stations from milpitas and berryessa. 4:39. there are big new incentives for bay area drivers who want to go electric. plus a bay area congressman pushing to make the skies a little friendlier. >> and fashion frustration.
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the price hike on everything from socks to jeans. ,,
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live hi-def doppler with showers in the east bay valley lingering there will pick up through the day. >> time, 4:42 on your tuesday. good morning, folks. frustrate with the airlines? report cards are due out today. the consumer report focuses on how airlines handle heavy delays and long tarmac waits. this comes four years after an ice storm left passengers stranded on tarmacs for hours without food, water or clean toilets. the measure is also being introduced today by bay area congressman mike thompson that would make such abuses illegal. well, your next trip to the grocery store could cost you a lot more. price for fresh produce are
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rising sharply after freeze damaged crops down in the southwest. earlier this month, the worst freeze in 60 years wiped out entire crops in the southwestern united states and parts of northern mexico. and now prices for vegetables like zucchini and asparagus could even double or even triple. prices will probably return to normal in the spring when new crops start producing again. electric cars get a big boost in the bay area today. the city of san jose working with toyota, uc-berkeley and the bay area air quality management district to set up charging stations around the bay. the air district spending nearly $4 million for charging stations at hundreds of locations. the program being kicked off at city hall, san jose city hall, this afternoon. and the white house is making a push of its own to drive up sales of electric cars and general motors plans bonuses for factories workers. here's ashley morrison with this morning's moneywatch report. reporter: asian markets reacted to inflation news from china. japan's nikkei gained a
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fraction hitting a 10-month closing highly while hong kong's hang seng lost nearly 1%. today wall street gets the latest on retail sales and the housing markets. on monday, stocks finished mixed after wal-mart was downgraded by jpmorgan. the dow lost five while the nasdaq was up 8. the white house is trying to make it a little easier to go green. their budget proposal calls for giving $7,500 directly to electric car buyers rather than making them wait for a tax credit. it's part of the white house goal of putting a million electrical vehicles on the road by 2015. general motors will pay factory workers record bonuses next month. less than two years out of bankruptcy protection, gm will pay its union workers more than $4,000 each as compensation for the company's strong financial performance last year. and get ready for higher price tags on clothing. soaring cotton costs are expected to mean higher prices
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soon for everything from socks to bluejeans to shoes. the hikes could be as much as 10% and are expected to show up in the spring. consumers should expect fewer color choices, as well. that's your moneywatch. for more, stay with cbsmoneywatch.com. in new york, i'm ashley morrison. it is 4:45. coming up, a corruption cover- up shocking new email leaked from the city of bell. >> plus, the testimony barry bonds' attorney doesn't want to come out. what the slugger's ex- girlfriend could reveal about his alleged steroid use. >> you're talking about millions of dollars in technology and still it's competing for a guy who had a sandwich for lunch . >> who came out on the battle of man versus machine? the simple mistake this machine made on jeopardy coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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california town of bell joked about raising their salaries to exorbitant levels.
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you. court documents reveal two top administrators in bell joked about raising their salaries text on at&t levels. they include e-mails between bell's former police chief and the assistant city manager. they joked about acting like pigs and creating a paper trail to hide their misdoings randy adams wrote, i am looking forward to seeing you and taking all of bell's money. okay, just a share of it. angela wrote, you can take your share of the pie just like us. we'll all get fat together. both sides in fact barry bonds trial trying to stifle testimony by the other side. bonds faces a federal perjury trial next month. yesterday his lawyers asked the judge to bar testimony from bonds' former girlfriend about him losing his temper at times and federal prosecutors are trying to keep bonds from suggesting the government has treated him unfairly. michael vick is going on
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oprah. the philadelphia eagle quarterback who did 18 months in prison over a dogfighting operation is scheduled to appear on the show later this month. the production company says the interview will cover his time in prison, his work with the humane society and his big return to the nfl. and taking a look outside this morning, we find the remnants of the first in a series of fronts remaining out over the east bay hills. light showers out there this morning. generally speaking, that is winding down and will continue to move off to the east here. we'll look for a brief pause before the next round of precipitation heads our way from the north. and that will be bringing with it colder air and a little more rain and wind than we saw yesterday. so we'll look for things to ramp up through the day, a few light showers out there this morning. temperatures generally in the mid- to low-50s in the bay area. more clouds than rain this
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morning. by this afternoon, the next front moves in bringing more rain and wind in advance of the system, also a little warm air bump as that colder air mass approaches pushing out warm air in front of it. and the showers will develop here across the entire area by late this afternoon into tonight. here you see that front now coming ashore across northern california even as ours from yesterday leaves the region. a bit of snow up in the high country in the sierra. all this energy will be sagging to the south here through the day and that will be our main weathermaker here for this afternoon into tomorrow as more rain and wind descend across the bay area. snow levels will drop by wednesday evening into thursday as we'll see snow down to about 3500 feet in the local mountains. so again, we can expect some winter weather advisories up in the sierra here through the end of the week. another front behind this one will keep the energy go thursday into friday so the week does indeed looking to be
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soggy. today 2 to 3" in the mountains and basically one to 1.5" or two across the coastal plains here by tomorrow afternoon. once again, this next rain looks wetter than yesterday. temperatures upper 50s to low 60s throughout the area. then for the rest of the week, rook what happens as the colder air comes in temperatures in the mid-50s through tomorrow and that's where we'll hover into the weekend before things warm up again. look for the possibility of snow down to about 3500 feet even along the shoreline here as it's going to feel a little more wintry into the weekend. right now, let's check in with elizabeth and get a traffic update. >> thank you, jim. your weather producer billy is telling me to toughen up, get used to the rain! it's traffic in san jose, everything is fine near the
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mckie exit. thank you for that traffic shot. obviously you can see slick conditions out there still. the bulk of the rain showers aren't coming until this afternoon as jim said. so give yourself some extra time. reports of several accidents this morning already. this one just cleared off to the right shoulder in fremont. southbound 680 before mission boulevard north a car struck the guardrail. we'll zoom in. it looks like all top speeds so far as you make your way past fremont. but again that is southbound 680 that we are watching the ride there. also watching the ride through marin county. looks great across the golden gate bridge. they should be doing the lane change here any minute and right now no problems through marin county on southbound 101. here's 880 through oakland. this camera was really rocking quite a bit yesterday due to the strong winds. this morning the biggest difference is we didn't have any wind advisories in effect. none for any bay area bridges including the antioch bridge
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which looks great. and highway 4 top speeds all the way towards pittsburg and on into concord. and top speeds as well coming out of the altamont pass. this is usually one of our first spots to back up and mass transit is all on time. back to you. >> thank you. eating more fiber could help you live longer. researchers at the national cancer institute looked at data from half million people over nine years. they found people with high fiber diets had a 22% lower risk of death. the fiber also cut the risk of heart disease, infections and respiratory illnesses by nearly 60%. state legislators are trying to ban the sale of shark fins, a popular delicacy. proponents say it's an attack on the chinese. backers say they are cut from living sharks. some are thrown back into the ocean left unable to swim and they die. shark fin defenders say it's already against federal law to
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do it that way and that it's legal to get fins by processing the entire shark. assemblyman paul fong of cupertino is cosponsoring the proposed ban. >> i grew up eating sharks in soup my entire life but i know it's time for shark fin to be removed from the menu. >> it seems like more and more there are these examples where individuals or groups of individuals are trying to limit our heritage and our culture. >> shark fin soup can sell for as much as $40 a bowl. time now 4:54. ever since george or well the question has been, will a machine ever be smarter than humans? last night on jeopardy a super- computer faced off against two proven jeopardy all stars. joe vazquez shows us who came out ahead in the battle of man versus machine. >> what is the 1930s? >> you're right. >> reporter: the men, the best champions the game show jeopardy has ever produced. ken jennings and brad rutter. >> hello, my name is watson.
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>> reporter: the machine, watson, named after the founder of ibm. he is the equivalent of 2800 computers and uses thousands of processors. >> that's a more straightforward question, right? >> reporter: jp allen of the university of san francisco says don't forget, this is also a moment to celebrate human intelligence. >> you're talking about millions of dollars of technology, 42 geniuses working for 4 years to get this working and still, it's competing against a guy who had a sandwich for lunch. >> reporter: since watson can't hear he receives the message by text message. at lightning speed he posts up three possible answers picking up one that has his highest confidence level even though his pronunciation can be off. >> watson? >> what is [ indiscernible ] >> that's correct. >> reporter: watson's start was startlingly impressive. >> what is stick? >> stick is right. and with that -- >> reporter: by the end. first round, watson had racked up $5,200. ken jennings who has won
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millions on the program had only $200. in the second round, as the questions became more nuanced and difficult, the humans came back. >> well, you can see it struggling with some of the more ambiguous questions but the most revealing moment of the night the sort of the computer isn't a genius was after ken jennings made that incorrect answer and watson made the same incorrect answer. >> what are the '20s? >> no. >> watson? >> what is 1920s? >> no. ken said that. >> you could hear alex trebek saying, ken just said that... [ laughter ] >> reporter: joe vazquez, cbs 5. >> well, the humans came back but didn't pass watson. brad rutter is now tied with the machine with $5,000. ken jennings has $2,000. >> certainly getting a lot of pub here. watson will be on the show for two more nights. the final winner won't be decided until late tomorrow. kind of fun. hey, did you tune into the grammys on sunday? well, you weren't alone. the awards show saw its biggest
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audience in 10 years. a preliminary nielsen report shows is scored 27 million viewers up 3% from last year. it could be due to the all-star line-up, lady gaga, justin bieber, eminem, mick jagger, barbra streisand. >> i stayed up until 8:30. you did. vr'ed. >> haven't watched it yet. >> watch it over the weekend. 4:57 on your tuesday. coming up, san jose a big step closer to a bart line. the major boost from the feds coming up. a multi-billion-dollar verdict against chevron to clean up the amazon rain forest. why chevron says it's not going to pay. that's coming up. and former guantanomo bay detainees living in berkeley? the controversial vote coming up. it has happened again in the sky above the bay area. a pilot blinded by a laser. you will see what the pilot saw
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado, l.l.c. so would you want a gitmo
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detainee living next to you? a bay area city could decide today to inadvice former prisoners to move in -- could invite former prisoners to move in. plus how bay area environmentalists are celebrating a victory in the battle over oil pollution. and live high definition doppler shows a few lingering returns over the east bay hills. that will wind down before the next one arrives this afternoon. >> we we are waking up to wet roads -- we're waking up to wet roads, here's a live look at the san mateo bridge. we'll have more coming up. good morning. it's february 15. i'm sydnie kohara. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. it is 5:00. i guess a little bit damp out there. let's check in with jim now and find out how we're looking on this tuesday, jim. >> well, a few lingering showers across the region here this morning. more like drizzle showers out there right now. radar showing the returns out across the east bay into the dry valley at this hour. and again, it looks light. it wi

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